City attorney to Clearwater police: Protests on sidewalk in front of Scientology building are legal - 2015-12-04

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F7.png City attorney to Clearwater police: Protests on sidewalk in front of Scientology building are legal December 4, 2015, Tracey McManus, Tampa Bay Times

Police have been directed to ignore any requests from the Church of Scientology asking officers respond to peaceful protesters "exercising their First Amendment rights" on public sidewalks near the church's downtown Flag Building.

The advisory, sent in a department email recently by Assistant City Attorney Rob Surette, was prompted by multiple calls dispatchers have fielded from church members about Alex Hageli, who has picketed in front of the building several times this year.

Hageli, 40, a lawyer who lives in Illinois and owns a home in Belleair, said in a recent interview that he has never been a member of Scientology but has made it his mission every time he visits to stand outside the church's headquarters and urge members to seek help in escaping the religion.


{{cite news | author = Tracey McManus | title = City attorney to Clearwater police: Protests on sidewalk in front of Scientology building are legal | url = http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/city-attorney-to-clearwater-police-protests-on-sidewalk-in-front-of/2256426 | work = Tampa Bay Times | date = December 4, 2015 | accessdate = April 14, 2017 }}